So stoked when this happens for our fellow Asian fam – legendary label Southern Lord Records have announced the release of dark Japanese hardcore band Friendship. This will be the band’s first full length and debut release on Southern Lord Records. Here’s what the label had to say as they gushed about this phenomenal band that we’ve reported about many times as well:
“Hatred, the corrosive debut full-length onslaught from Japan’s mysterious harsh, doom-fueled crust/hardcore outfit FRIENDSHIP, is now available through Southern Lord, the LP streaming in its cruel entirety.
While FRIENDSHIP‘s identity remains an enigma, those who have encountered their antagonistic, loud, and murky sonic world, can testify to the sheer power of the auditory torture the band creates. FRIENDSHIP has previously self-released two CD EPs which sold out in a month since reissued as I & II vinyl and cassette version through Sentient Ruin. For their Hatred LP, the band delivers twelve caustic tracks in just over twenty-five minutes, the album recorded in their home city of Tokyo, the album then mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Blackened, ominous, and intense, fans of prior Southern Lord releases by Nails, Heartless, Dead In The Dirt, Gust, and similarly devastating acts should not ignore this.”
You can order the physical record at this link: https://southernlord.com/bands/view/friendship